We Were Liars…by E.Lockhart

Posted May 9, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 4 Comments
We Were Liars…by E.Lockhart

Cadence Sinclair Eastman is part of the privileged Sinclair family. Her family owns an island off Martha’s Vineyard, where they summer every year. The Sinclairs seem to be a rich, beautiful family. However,there is more going on then meets the eye. Early on Cadence has an accident, that she doesn’t remember, and no one will tell here what happened. The rest of the novel pretty much centers around this. I read this book in one sitting. It was somewhat short and definitely a page turner. At the beginning I was really into the storyline. I loved the idea of a family with it’s own beautiful island. I loved how the cousins were friends. I loved how the introduction of Gat onto the island complicated thinks. However, about the middle of the book, I started to roll my eyes at all the teenage angst.  I began to think this was another of those books about teenage crushes and nothing else. Soon the atmosphere of the story began to change and I literally could not put this book down. The ending shocked me and made think deeply about what had happened. In my mind, it is almost a parable. I keep thinking about the story […]

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The Girl Who Couldn’t Come Up With An Original Title…by The Behrg

Posted May 8, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
The Girl Who Couldn’t Come Up With An Original Title…by The Behrg

I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This is really two short stories. I did not know what they were about before I read them. I was, however, really captivated by the title. Both short stories are about depression. This is explained by the author at the end of the stories. I did enjoy the first story, in particular. It was very gothic and gritty and quite a bit spooky. Both stories were very metaphorical and figurative. While these stories may not be for everyone, I believe they send an important message and helps to portray depression in an understandable way. I would recommend for those that one to read something unusual. I give these short stories three stars.   Rating:📖📖📖 Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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All The Light We Cannot See…by Anthony Doerr

Posted May 7, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 1 Comment
All The Light We Cannot See…by Anthony Doerr

Marie-Laure is a blind girl who lives in Paris while WWII blazes over the continent. Werner is a German orphan who wishes to escape a future working in the mines his father died in. Marie-Laure flees to the walled city of Saint-Malo. Werner is forced into the German war machine. I had been thinking about reading this novel for sometime. I actually put it off because of it being a Pulitzer Prize book. The other Pulitzer novels I read, ‘The Known World’ and ‘The Goldfinch’ I really did not enjoy . For this novel, I will start off by agreeing with other reviews that say parts of the story are somewhat slow moving and that the back and forth timeline can be confusing. I found the fine details helped me to understand what Marie-Laure and Werner’s lives were truly like. The alternating POV, while somewhat confusing, helped to build the suspense of the storyline. This novel is very heavy in descriptions. You can almost hear the subtle sounds that Marie-Laure hears and how her mind turns them into images.  Until you read this book, it is difficult to understand what a blind girl in occupied France or even a sixteen year old boy sent to war must have […]

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That Darkness… by Lisa Black

Posted May 3, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
That Darkness… by Lisa Black

Maggie Gardiner is a crime scene tech in Cleveland, Ohio. Someone is killing all the hardcore criminals. Maggie sets out to find the answers. Little does she know that the killer is one of Cleveland’s finest. (this is revealed in the very beginning of the book). This is a police and crime scene novel. The crime scene investigation was very realistic and graphic. The author herself is a crime scene technician so the details are well described.There was also some of the history of Cleveland and the Rockefeller mansion that was interesting. There really weren’t as  many twists and turns as  I  would like. Most of the story line was set at the beginning of the novel although the ending was somewhat of a surprise for me. The characters were well-developed and interesting. I would recommend this  novel for anyone that likes police/CSI type books with a gritty and unique story line. I give this novel four stars and look forward to the other books in the Gardiner and Renner series. I received a copy of this novel via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.   Rating:📖📖📖📖 Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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Book Blitz…How two:Have a Successful Relationship…by Phil and Maude Mayes

Posted May 3, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
Book Blitz…How two:Have a Successful Relationship…by Phil and Maude Mayes

How two: Have a Successful Relationship By Phil and Maude Mayes Genre: non-fiction, self-help, relationships – adult romance Publisher: Olive Branch communications, Inc. In “How Two: Have a Successful Relationship” Phil and Maude describe a simple step by step understanding that is easily accessible to everyone. They share their personal experience of how it’s possible to have a loving passionate relationship without conflict and alienating arguments, one based on shared core values and a complete acceptance of each other’s individuality. They have outlined an effective process for creating mutual solutions and a method of practice that they hope will help spread peace in the world, one relationship at a time. Their strong desire to make their direct experience available to all couples shines through their writing and will renew your faith in what is possible and attainable. In this book you will learn: * How to find mutual solutions to decision making and problem solving * How to remain an individual within the relationship * How to break the vicious cycle of anger and recrimination * How to avoid the pitfalls that create separation and estrangement * How to keep that original loving connection to your partner This book is […]

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Kindred…by Steve Robinson

Posted April 28, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
Kindred…by Steve Robinson

Jefferson Tayte, an American genealogist, is on the hunt for this birth parents. His search leads him to Germany where he must untangle his family tree by delving into the horrors of WWII. I have no idea why everyone doesn’t know what a fantastic author Steve Robinson is. He has an uncanny talent for describing scenes that paint such a detailed picture in my mind that I feel as if I can reach out and touch the characters. I first discovered Robinson’s works when he was a self published author. Now he has become quiet popular. I recently found copies of this books at my local library here in Florida. I was first intrigued by the description of his first book ‘In the Blood’ as a genealogy mystery.  All the books in the series revolve around genealogist Jefferson Tayte researching someone’s family history.The novels take place in Europe but Tayte is from America. To me this is brilliant because it allows readers on both sides of the pond to identify with the novel. Kindred is the fifth book in the series. It is fast paced and multilayered . This novel focuses on Tayte researching his own family history (he was adopted under mysterious circumstances as an infant). The story line […]

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Jordan and Justine’s Weekend Adventures for Wildlife Alliance…Tanille Edwards-Book Tour Review

Posted April 26, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
Jordan and Justine’s Weekend Adventures for Wildlife Alliance…Tanille Edwards-Book Tour Review

Title: Jordan and Justine’s Weekend Adventures for Wildlife Alliance Author: Tanille Edwards Genre: Children’s Book Synopsis: Jordan & Justine’s Weekend Adventures® for Wildlife Alliance brings children right into the center of animal life at a wildlife conservation center. Jordan and Justine use their magical powers to explore the world of dolphins, to find out how laws can protect wildlife, and to learn what it means to be a mammal. Perfect for children ages 7 to 9. By Tanille Edwards and Latoya Edwards. 2016 is the year to take a stand for Wildlife! There are animals that need our help. Author, Tanille Edwards and publishing company, Fire Flies Entertainment have partnered with the national organization Wildlife Alliance to share 50% of the proceeds from each Wildlife book from the Jordan & Justine’s Weekend Adventures series sold to the organization. Review: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. When I heard about this book, I jumped at the chance to review it. My kids will be attending field trips to our local animal conservation center in our area, so this book came at a perfect time. I love books that introduce children to situations or places that […]

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The Silent Twin…by Caroline Mitchell

Posted April 23, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
The Silent Twin…by Caroline Mitchell

One twins goes missing on a desolate country farm. The other twin stays silent about what happened to her sister. Police officer Jennifer Knight is sent to the home as a family liaison officer. The twins parents both seem as if they could be responsible. Knight uses her police skills and sixth sense to try to find the girl in time. The book was not as spooky as the cover and title led me to believe. (Although there were a few spooky scenes).I found the plot of this book to be somewhat fast paced.  It kept me questioning who did it. Just when I thought I had the mystery of the kidnaper figured out, the storyline would twist and turn. I liked the character of Jennifer Knight and how she is not a  perfect person but is excellent at her job. The conclusion reminded me a little of ‘Dark Places’ because it had a double twist. I found the novel a wonderful ‘who done’ it. It did lag a bit in the middle, for me, but definitely picked up quickly. I also did get a little confused in the police terms and ranks since this book is based in the UK and I am used […]

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Library Book Sale – Alachua County Friends of The Library

Posted April 21, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
Library Book Sale – Alachua County Friends of The Library

When I was about ten or twelve, I remember going to a huge library sale and being so excited to browse and buy so many books at a super low price. So recently I’ve been looking at the http://www.booksalefinder.com website for such a sale in my area. Although there are a few small library sales, in the Central Florida area, there was nothing that was really as amazing as I remember. Then I noticed that the sale for Alachua county (Gainesville) said HUGE next to it on the book sale sight. The Friends of the Library of Alachua County have it’s book sale twice and year, in the spring and fall. Since the spring sale, this year, happened to be on my birthday, I decided I had to make the 2 1/2 hour trip. I talked my mom in to going with me since my husband had to stay home with the kids. My mom and I decided to get there near the beginning, as I absolutely hate the idea of not getting first dibs . We ended up getting there about fifteen minutes after the sale started. Let me tell you that those people who think physical books are a thing of the […]

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My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry…by Fredrik Backman

Posted April 20, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 2 Comments
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry…by Fredrik Backman

Elsa is a seven year old girl who is teased for being different at school. Her greatest weapon is her Grandmother. Granny is a wildly excentric and imaginative former doctor. She creates a whole world for Elsa in their fairytale stories. When Granny dies, Elsa feels alone and isolated until she is enlisted by Granny (in a note) to complete a mission to tell those that Granny offended, that she is sorry. I previously had read Fredrik Backman’s book, ‘A Man Called Ove’. Ove is one of my all time favorite books and characters. Beckman’s ability to create lovable older people is absolutely amazing. Elsa, is very cute in  this story. I did love her as a character. Having two seven year olds myself, I did find her overly precociousness and her worldly knowledge rather unbelievable for a seven year old. To me Elsa’s personality is more of a quirky thirty year old.    I didn’t quite find this to be a page turner. It lagged quite a bit in the middle and had many long drawn out descriptions of Granny and Elsa’s fairyland. I did find the story cute and endearing and had a strong message about communities and families. I […]

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